PTB’s Norton 360 v6 Giveaway

May 11, 12 PTB’s Norton 360 v6 Giveaway

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UPDATE: Contest is over. Thanks for joining everyone, please click this link for our list of winners. Alright guys, here’s your chance to score a Norton 360 v6 to replace that free or trial version anti-virus you are using. We are giving away 4 Norton 360 v6 that’s good for 3 PCs each, so that’s for your desktop, laptop, and uhh probably your dad’s PC as well. The Norton 360 is the most complete security solution from Symantec available to consumers. It combines the effectiveness of the Norton Anti-Virus, the protection of Norton Internet Security, and adds a few more cloud features. Check out our review of the Norton 360 v6 here where it got a lot of positive marks. You also don’t have to worry about the upcoming 2012 version because you’ll get a free upgrade once it’s released. So what do you need to do? Just answer this simple question by leaving a comment below: Aside from installing an anti-virus, what other actions do you take to protect yourself from cyber-threats? Ex. I make sure that I don’t download pirated software. 😛 That’s it. Contest ends on May 19 (Saturday) and we’ll let Rafflecopter draw the winner. Make sure you use Rafflecopter below to be included in the draw. There will be a verification upon drawing of winners so simply clicking the task won’t work. a Rafflecopter giveaway Related posts: Norton 360 v6 Review, an all-in-one computer security suite We’re giving away 10 copies of Norton 360 version...

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Around 140,000 Mac OS still infected with Flashback

The number of Mac OS infected by the Flashback malware is slowly dwindling down as Symantec reported that from 600k infections from April 9, it’s now down to 140,000. The OSX.Flashback.K is a trojan that works as social-engineering scam trying to pass off as a fake Flash update using digital certificates purporting to come from Apple. It uses a domain name generator (DNG) algorithm that allows it to generate a new domain each day in order to contact the command-and-control (C&C) server to keep the distribution going. What sets this threat apart from typical Mac Trojans is the sheer size of Mac computers that have been infected, with initial estimates ranging in the region of 550,000. As there have been tools released by Symantec and other vendors in the past few days concerning this threat, the infection numbers should have seen a dramatic decrease by now. If you suspect that your Mac has been infected with OSX.Flashback.K, it is recommended to install the latest patches, ensure that your antivirus is up to date with the latest signatures, and to use the free Norton Flashback Detection and Removal Tool. [Symantec Blog] Related posts: Symantec launches Norton Everywhere to support all internet devices Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Microsoft warns Internet Explorer users of vulnerability Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better We’re giving away 10 copies of Norton 360 version...

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Norton 360 v6 Review, an all-in-one computer security suite

Mar 19, 12 Norton 360 v6 Review, an all-in-one computer security suite

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Every year more cyber-threats and attacks are popping up and every year, Symantec is making sure that they’re on top of it with the latest technology to counter them. Norton 360 v6 is their latest and most complete PC protection package in the market today. Building up from previous 360s, Norton 360 v6 not only offers an anti-virus solution but also identity protection, parental control, system tune-up and online backup. Upon installing 360 v6, which I might say was quite a breeze, you’ll notice how simple the interface is which is good since most people who needs this kind of rounded protection are afraid of too much complicated menus. The ones on the v6 looks to be designed to fit the upcoming Windows 8 with its simple, blocky interface. PC Security is where you do your scanning and virus updates. It’s also where your live protection settings can be configured powered by Norton Insight which monitors applications you intentionally or unintentionally (malwares) install if they’re harmful or not. Actually a good feature for those who are click-happy whenever they see something pop-up while browsing. They also included the Facebook scan here which scans your news feed for malicious links and strips them off your wall. This is already an available Facebook app but they included it here as well. It’s also where you can manage Firewall behavior but I just leave it to its default settings and let it handle decision-making automatically when dealing with suspicious activities in your network. Identity Safe is a critical feature for those who love doing business online or those who find themselves falling for scam sites. For one, it securely stores your personal information, passwords, addresses, cards, etc., if you wish to do so. But the most useful feature here I might say is the Norton Safe Web which attaches itself to your browser so it can warn you of links that might be harmful to visit, including those found when doing a Google search. Not really their...

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Norton Safety Minder Android app lets parents monitor child’s mobile activities

With Android phones now becoming more accessible even to students and “tweeners”, Symantec released their Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition, a free app that allows parents to keep an eye on their kids’ smartphone activities. The application is part of Norton Online Family, the online family safety service for PCs and Macs.  Through the new app, parents can avail themselves of several tools to teach kids safe and age-appropriate digital habits on their mobile devices. The application provides web monitoring and blocking features for free, allowing parents to see what sites their kids are visiting and block content they feel is inappropriate.  Applied through their Norton Online Family account, parents can use the same set of web filtering settings for the child’s PC and apply them to the child’s Android phone. To get started, parents download the app on their child’s Android phone, login to their Norton Online Family account (or create one from within the application) and can then centrally manage the “House Rules” on that device through the onlinefamily.norton.com website.  More than a dozen phones can be easily added to the same account at no charge, with unique settings for each, allowing parents a single point to manage varied settings for kids of different ages. Pricing and Availability Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition is available for free in the Android Market at market.android.com, and can be downloaded in English, Japanese, German and Polish.  Android version 2.2 or 2.3 is required on the device. Parents must have a Norton Online Family account in order to activate the application, which they must first install on their child’s device.  A free, basic Norton Online Family account will activate the mobile web-filtering and monitoring within Norton Safety Minder for Android.  A paid subscription to Norton Online Family Premier, currently only available in the US, will unlock the application’s additional advanced features, such as SMS text monitoring. Related posts: No related...

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AV-Test declares BitDefender ISS 2011 as top security software

Well what do you know? According to a test made by AV-Test which is an independent IT-security institute, BitDefender’s Internet Security Suite 2011 provides the best performance for a security software in the areas of protection, repair and usability. The test results indicates performance for the 1st quarter of 2011 only though. They were 9th in the 3rd quarter of last year. Where are the other big names for the 1st quarter of this year? Kaspersky: ISS 2011 is at number 4 while Norton Internet Security 2011 is trailing behind it. Microsoft’s Security Essential 2.0 is way below at number 21. The report looked at twenty-two security software suites in the categories of protection, repair and performance.  BitDefender Internet Security 2011 was found to have the joint-best overall score, alongside another product that uses BitDefender technology. It was also the only product to receive the maximum score for protection. Andreas Marx, AV-Test CEO, commented: “BitDefender offered the best protection during our tests, which ran for the full first quarter of 2011. Besides this, it also reached very good scores for cleaning up already infected systems without slowing-down the system too much or producing a lot of false positives. That’s a very impressive result.” So anybody using BitDefender here? Related posts: Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them? Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Kaspersky Lab launches Ferrari Edition of Kaspersky Internet Security ESET Antivirus Software Available in National Bookstore...

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We’re giving away 10 copies of Norton 360 version 5.0

Ok guys, if you think it’s time to ditch that free antivirus of yours and want to opt for a more secure and all-around antivirus, you may want to join this simple contest. Norton from Symantec has given us 10 copies of their latest Norton 360 version 5.0 (SRP: P2,700). This is Norton’s most complete version of security suite. It has AntiVirus and Internet Security combined plus a lot more features without compromising your system’s precious resources. These copies we’re giving away are not just for one license but it’s good for a year’s subscription for three users. So if you have three PCs in your household then you might want to take this opportunity. Ok, so what do you have to do? It’s simple. In less than 100 words, tell your worst virus attack ever by leaving a comment here. Did you lose a month-long worth of work because of it? Did it corrupt your school project? Did it infect other machines in the household? If you have Twitter, follow @NortonOnline on Twitter. Or if you have Facebook, like their page at www.facebook.com/norton (Optional) Add us on Facebook at www.facbeook.com/officialPTB Finally share this post on your Twitter or Facebook! NOTE: If you don’t see your comment right away, it means it fell into the spam box. I’ll fish them out manually from time to time. Deadline of entries would be on the 22nd of April. I will be picking the 10 most cleverly-written but still believable answers who would be getting a 3-license copy of Norton 360 version 5.0. I know you can fabricate your story without me knowing so help yourself. 😉 IMPORTANT: Winners should be able to provide a Metro Manila shipping address or else we’ll have to choose another winner.   Related posts: Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Remove “Scarewares” with Norton Power Eraser ESET Antivirus Software Available in National...

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Microsoft warns Internet Explorer users of vulnerability

Using Internet Explorer? Better hold off for a while as Microsoft tries to release a patch for a vulnerability in their Internet Explorer that could allow remote code execution. A new zero-day vulnerability affecting Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is being used in target attacks. In these attacks, people receive emails with a link pointing to a page, which determines if a visitor is using Internet Explorer 6 and 7. If so, the script transfers the visitor unknowingly to the page hosting the exploit where malware is downloaded and runs on their computer without any user interaction. The vulnerability allows for any remote program to be executed without the end user’s notice. There’s no IE update yet but Microsoft made a couple of workarounds available for this vulnerability. More info can be found in Microsoft Security Advisory. Got word from Symantec that users of their security tools are protected from this exploit by not allowing the malware to be downloaded. Related posts: Symantec launches Norton Everywhere to support all internet devices Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them? Internet Explorer 9, Better and...

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Try the Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta for free

The beta version of Norton 360 Version 5.0 is now available for testing. Norton claims that this is their fastest and most effective all-in-one solution and you can download and test it for yourself. So what’s new with the latest version of Norton 360? Norton Insight 2.0. Instantly checks when and where programs originated to identify and stop completely new malicious programs faster than ever, no matter which browser, instant messenger or file sharing program you use. Download Insight 2.0. Checks every download file for malware before it is allowed to run using the latest-generation reputation system and SONAR 3, which provides true “zero-day” protection against new and emerging threats designed to evade other security features. System Insight 2.0. Comes with the new Proactive Performance Alerts that identify programs that overuse system resources and cause PC slowdowns. In addition to providing core security, Norton 360 includes identity protection, automatic backup and PC tuneup features to give computer users comprehensive, automated protection for their PC in a simple set-it-and-forget-it package.  Consumers can feel safer shopping and banking online with antiphishing technology, Identity Safe protection, and Norton Safe Web site ratings.  Norton 360 beta also offers the ability to backup important files or photos online and  restore or access them from anywhere on the Web.  PC tuneup technology is designed to improve computer performance so users can spend more time doing what they want, and less time waiting for their computer to boot up or for applications to load. The beta is available for free public download now at:  www.norton.com/n360v5beta.  Norton beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our Norton Public Beta Forum. This version will last for 3 months and by that time, the full version will already be available and you will receive a special discount for it. Related posts: Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011 Symantec launches Norton 360 version 4.0, much lighter, faster and better Symantec launches Norton Everywhere to support all internet devices What...

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Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011

Sep 21, 10 Norton released AntiVirus and Internet Security 2011

Posted by in Personal Computing, Tech News

Norton from Symantec just released the 2011 version of their Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. These 2011 products have been carefully engineered to exceed already industry-leading performance and protection benchmarks. Actually, they are the only suite that was able to achieve a 100 percent protection score in a new third-party test from Dennis Labs. In this test, each product has been scored for its accuracy in detecting and handling malware. The Norton product defended against all threats so it scores a full 80 marks. It was the only product to avoid being compromised by the internet threats. AntiVirus or Internet Security? If you don’t use your system to connect to the internet that much, the Norton AntiVirus 2011 is suitable for you. It is a fast, powerful protection that safeguards against virus and spyware. But who doesn’t use the internet these days? Better get the Norton Internet Security 2011. It has an improved Safe Web feature that warns you of unsafe and “scam” websites right in your search results and automatically blocks them. This includes scam links that sometimes are introduced via Facebook. It also has a built-in parental control management feature that monitors your child’s activities online so you can keep them safe from online dangers and teach them good Internet habits. Pricing and Availability Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011 are now available for purchase in the Philippines through various retailers and the Norton online store at http://www.symantecstore.com/sa. The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security 2011 is Php 2,860 for a three PC license and Php 1,440 for a single PC license. The suggested retail price for Norton AntiVirus 2011 is Php 2,070 a three PC license and Php 1,180 for a single PC license. The price includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec’s protection updates. Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2007 or later users with a valid product subscription are eligible to receive the latest product updates via the subscription service model....

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What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them?

Jul 20, 10 What are “Poisoned” Search Results and How Can We Fight Them?

Posted by in Personal Computing, Tech News

Sometimes, when looking for something on the internet, the search engine would return search results that, when clicked, redirects you to malicious websites. Although the search result or link may seem to be valid, opening it will redirect you to illegitimate/fake websites. Next thing you’ll know is that you’re PC’s already infected with malwares and other exploits. This is called “Search Engine Optimization Poisoning” or “SEO Poisoning”, another way for criminals to spread malwares and malicious codes by replacing legitimate search results with illegitimate or “poisoned” search results. Moreover, these webpages are attached with malicious code, keystroke loggers, viruses and other exploits that silently corrupt your PC. Usually, cybercriminals and scammers use hot and trending topics then build fake webpages and include the search terms to trick unknowing users. Previous instances include the “Haiti earthquake” where scammers tricked users into entering credit card details on fake charity websites. The death of Pop Icon Michael Jackson was also exploited by cybercriminals, victimizing users looking for MJ’s “autopsy” report. Recently, it was the news of Lindsay Lohan’s jailtime that scammers took advantage of. Often within hours of major news and pop culture events, as many as 50 percent of search results can be “poisoned” – meaning that it’s more likely than not that you will click on a bad link. Imagine the number of naïve internet users falling to this exploit daily, especially children. Here are some tips on preventing this exploit and making your online search activities safer. 1)      Always review the search results and be cautious of suspicious sites. Only click links that are rated “Safe” 2)      Don’t fall for sensational headlines; these are what cybercriminals use to lure users in clicking their poisoned links. 3)      Delete e-mails and ignore search results from people you don’t know and unfamiliar websites – no matter what they’re promising 4)      Be careful on clicking a link on social networking sites, even when the links are from friends. There’s a chance that your friend’s account has been hijacked....

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